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3 Amazing Hamantaschen Ideas

February 15, 2018 | by Jamie Geller

Candyland, challah and pizza hamantaschen to spruce up your Purim.

Hamantaschen may classically come in one shape but can certainly be supersized or miniaturized! From sweet to savory, I share some of my family's favorite this Purim.

Kiddie Candyland Hamantaschen

Purim is one of the most kid-friendly holidays on the Jewish calendar, your little (and not so little) ones are sure to love these colorful candy filled delights!

PARENTS: While there is almost nothing more cozy and comforting than baking with your kids for the holidays please make sure to supervise your kids when baking with candy. Melted candies are extremely HOT! Allow your hamantaschen to cool completely before serving.

Cook Time: 18 min
Prep Time: 80 min
Yield: 24 hamantschen


  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Filling: jelly beans, candy canes, M & Ms, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate kisses
  • Egg wash: one beaten egg and 2 teaspoons of water


1. With a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, zest, and vanilla, and mix until well combined. Add flour, a half cup at a time, and salt. The dough should look crumbly, but stay together.

2. Form dough into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. Once dough is chilled, remove from the refrigerator and let sit for 15 minutes. Cut ¼-inch thick circles of dough from the log.

5. Center ½ teaspoon of your desired filling (a few jelly beans or one peanut butter cup). Lift up 3 sides and pinch the corners together to make a triangle/hat shape. Be sure to leave the center of the filling exposed. Make sure you have pinched the corners together tightly so the filling doesn't spill out.

6. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet. Brush egg wash on cookie dough.

7. Bake at 375°F for 15 to 18 minutes until golden. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool before serving. Warning: candy fillings can be very HOT!

Hamantaschen a ‘la Challah

The following twist on Challah, the ultimate ceremonial comfort food, adds a gourmet and surprising element to your Purim meal.

Prep Time: 20 min
Yield: 1 Hamantaschen Challah


  • Your Favorite Challah Recipe

Fillings of choice

  • Pesto
  • Sundried Tomato Dip
  • Olive Dip


  1. Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  2. Roll out desired size of dough into a rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into a diamond shape.
  3. Cut out a small triangle from the center of one of the halves of the diamond.
  4. Place filling directly opposite the triangle, on the other half of the dough.
  5. Fold over to form a triangle/hamantashen shape, and seal edges.
  6. Brush with egg wash.
  7. Bake until cooked through and golden.

Special Delivery Pizza Hamantaschen

Who needs a pizza delivery when you can make your very own pizza hamantaschen for dinner?!

TIMESAVER: Use store-bought pizza dough or Tnuva Puff Pastry Dough in place of the Hamantaschen dough.

Prep Time: 15 min
Yield: 20-24 small hamantaschen



  • 2½ cups flour
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Tnuva Mozzeralla Loaf Cheese
  • ¼ cup Tnuva Parmesan Cheese

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water



  1. In a food processor pulse flour, butter, egg yolk, sour cream, salt, and sugar until a coarse meal is formed. With machine running, add water and vinegar, a bit at a time, until dough pulls together.
  2. Turn dough out onto counter and knead a few turns to combine. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic or parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 days.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Roll dough out to quarter-inch thickness. Cut dough into 3-inch circles. Spoon sauce into center.
  3. Sprinkle cheeses over sauce.
  4. Brush edges with egg wash and fold over into a triangle, seal tightly, be sure corners are firmly pressed together. Place hamantaschen on prepared pan and leave about 2 inches between for dough to expand.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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